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Professor Regine Hampel

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Professional biography

Regine Hampel is Professor of Open and Distance Language Learning at the Open University. As Associate Dean (Research & Scholarship) she has overall responsibility for the research activity in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. From 2010 to 2013 she was Director for Postgraduate Studies in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technologies (CREET). Previous to that she worked in the Department of Languages where she convened the Open Languages Research Group and was involved in the German programme offered by the Open University. This included designing and chairing a new level 2 German course that used an innovative blended approach. Regine’s research focuses on the use of technology in the context of language learning and teaching. She publishes regularly, disseminates her work at national and international conferences, and has been invited to speak at various events. From 2011 to 2013 she was Assistant Editor for System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

My research focuses on the use of online tools for language learning purposes and is closely linked to my work in open and distance language education. My overall goal is to contribute to a theoretical and pedagogical framework for online learning which goes beyond a narrow cognitive approach and takes account of sociocultural theories of interaction and collaboration as well as the multimodal nature of the new media. I am particularly interested in task design, learner interaction, tutor training, new literacies, and multimodal aspects of the new media, their affordances, and the potential they offer for collaboration. This work has fed into articles, book chapters and conference presentations and symposia as well as the co-authored book on Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching (with Marie-Noëlle Lamy). An edited book (Hampel and Stickler, Developing Online Language Teaching: research-based pedagogies and reflective practice, Palgrave Macmillan) will be published in 2015; two edited special issues of the CALICO Journal (on qualitative resrarch in CALL) and Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching (Festschrift for Professor Jim Coleman) are in preparation. 

A list of my publications can be found under 'Publications'; downloads of some papers are available on the Open Research Online website (http://oro.open.ac.uk/).

I am on the Editorial Boards of Language Learning & Technology and ReCALL and regularly review for a variety of journals (including ReCALL, Language Teaching, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning & Technology, CALICO Journal and CALL) and book publishers. I am also a member on several conference programme committees (e.g. EUROCALL, WorldCALL, AAAL, ICCE and JALTCALL). I have been invited to give a number of keynote presentations, including at the JALTCALL conference (Nagoya University), the Croation Association for Applied Lingustics (University of Zagreb), the International Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistic (University of Warwick), and the EUROCALL Teacher Education SIG conference (Cyprus University of Technology). 

I have been involved in various projects, many of which have attracted external funding. These include:

  • Open World Learning, funded by Leverhulme in the Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, 2015-2018
  • DOTS (Developing Online Teaching Skills), with partners in Croatia, Germany, Spain and Canada/US, funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), 2008-2011; follow-up project MORE DOTS, 2012-2013; ICT-REV, ECML and the EU cooperation project, from 2013
  • Medienpass, funded by the European Commission (Leonardo da Vinci Programme), 2007-2009
  • Training tutors how to foster collaborative online learning, with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain, 2007-2008 (see Hampel 2009, Ernest et al. 2012)
  • Spoken online language learning, 2-day seminar at the Open University, funded by BAAL/CUP, 2007
  • Project on the use of VLE tools for language learning and teaching, partly funded by the British Academy, award of OU Teaching Award for Associate Lecturers involved in the project, 2006-2007 (see Stickler & Hampel 2012, Hampel & Pleines 2013)
  • Study on task design in beginners language courses (German and Spanish), funded by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, 2003-2006 (see Hampel 2006)
  • The effectiveness of multimodal online language learning at a distance, with Monash University, Melbourne), funded by the Australian Research Council and the British Academy, 2003-2006 (see Hampel et al. 2005)
  • Tutor training for synchronous audio conferencing, study with Uschi Stickler, 2003-05 (see Hampel & Stickler 2005; Stickler & Hampel 2007)
  • Investigating different forms of CMC (audiographic conferencing, Instant Messaging, etc.) and their benefits for language learners, internally funded, 2002-2004 (see e.g. Hampel 2003; Hampel & Hauck 2004)

Teaching interests

From 2000 until 2010 I was involved in all German courses offered by the Open University, from beginners' to final-year degree level. This included producing new courses as well as running existing courses, and I led the production of a new level 2 German course with my colleague Christine Pleines. L203 Motive combines traditional course materials with DVD-ROMs and a Moodle-based virtual learning environment in a blended approach. My academic responsibilities included writing the business appraisal and the syllabus, planning and producing course materials, drawing up the assessment and the tuition strategy, designing the use of the VLE, and leading a team of academics and academic-related colleagues. Once the course was up and running I was responsible for running and maintaining it. The new course was informed by research on the use of a number of VLE tools (e.g. forums, blogs and videoconferencing) which was funded by the British Academy as well as the Open University's Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). To complement the findings on student experience, a tutor training project was carried out in collaboration with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. The results of these cutting-edge projects at the interface between teaching and research were crucial for the development of teaching in the department more widely.

In the early days of synchronous computer-assisted language learning I played a major role in introducing online tuition via Lyceum in several German courses at a time. Our course team gained an OU Teaching Award (2001-2002) for Integrating Internet-based real-time audiographic conferencing tools into distance language-learning, thus recognizing its innovative character. My involvement included task design, developmental testing, tutor training and the organization of student induction as well as chairing the departmental Lyceum Group.

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

The Globe Theatre PhD Studentship in Playing Shakespeare

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Oct/201630/Sep/2019Shakespeare's Globe (Globe Education)
This studentship is expected to run for three years, from October 2016. It is jointly funded by The Open University (Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies) and The Globe Theatre Education Trust. The studentship is for research into the impact of Globe Education’s flagship schools programme, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank.

Open World Learning

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201530/Sep/2020LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
The OU has been awarded a major grant from The Leverhulme Trust to enable 18 new PhD scholarships to drive forward knowledge of Open World Learning. The focus will be on how to increase access to education for all across the globe using new technologies and innovative approaches. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a grant of £1,050,000 to The OU's Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and Faculty of Education and Language Studies (FELS) to fund 15 full-time, three-year doctoral scholarships over the next five years. In addition to this, the OU will fund a further three scholars from low and middle-income economies, taking the total number of places up to 18. Managed by the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), the purpose of these scholarships is to explore the factors that support or impede inclusive approaches to learning, for example around the use of new communication methods such as social networking and devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

Publications

Video conferencing and multimodal expression of voice: Children's conversations using Skype for second language development in a telecollaborative setting (2017-02)
Austin, Nick; Hampel, Regine and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes
System, 64 (pp. 87-103)
Qualitative research in CALL (2015-09)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
CALICO Journal, 32(3) (pp. 380-395)
Editorial (2015)
Stickler, Ursula; Hampel, Regine and Murphy, Linda
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 9(1) (pp. 1-3)
Enhancing interaction and communication in distance language learning by using new technologies [trans. by Junhong Xiao] (2014-05)
Hampel, Regine
Distance Education in China, 5 (pp. 11-19)
Fostering Student Interaction and Engagement in a Virtual Learning Environment: An Investigation into Activity Design and Implementation (2013-09)
Hampel, Regine and Pleines, Christine
The CALICO Journal, 30(3) (pp. 342-370)
Online teacher development: collaborating in a virtual learning environment (2013)
Ernest, Pauline; Guitert Catasús, Montse; Hampel, Regine; Heiser, Sarah; Hopkins, Joseph; Murphy, Linda and Stickler, Ursula
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 26(4) (pp. 311-333)
Interacting at a distance: a critical review of the role of ICT in developing the learner–context interface in a university language programme (2013)
Hampel, Regine and de los Arcos, Beatriz
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 7(2) (pp. 158-178)
The use of videoconferencing to support multimodal interaction in an online language classroom (2012-04-27)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
ReCALL, 24(2) (pp. 116-137)
CALL: a triangle of triangles (2012-03)
Montoro, Carlos and Hampel, Regine
The EuroCALL Review , 20(1)
Investigating language learning activity using a CALL task in the self-access centre (2011-09)
Montoro, Carlos and Hampel, Regine
SiSAL (Studies in Self-Access Learning) Journal , 2(3) (pp. 119-135)
CyberDeutsch: Language production and user preferences in a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (2010-09)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
CALICO Journal, 28(1) (pp. 49-73)
Joining the DOTS. A collaborative approach to online teacher training (2010-03)
Stickler, Ursula; Ernest, Pauline; Beaven, Tita; Emke, Martina; Germain-Rutherford, Aline ; Hampel, Regine; Hopkins, Joseph and Stanojewic, Mateusz-Milan
The EuroCALL Review , 16, (http://www.eurocall-languages.org/review/16/index.html)
Needs and challenges for online language teachers - the ECML project DOTS (2010)
Beaven, Tita; Emke, Martina; Ernest, Pauline; Germain-Rutherford, Aline; Hampel, Regine; Hopkins, Joseph; Stanojevic, Mateusz Milan and Stickler, Ursula
Teaching English with Technology: A Journal for Teachers of English, 10(2) (pp. 5-20)
Training teachers for the multimedia age: developing teacher expertise to enhance online learner interaction and collaboration (2009-03)
Hampel, Regine
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 3(1) (pp. 35-50)
Learners’ anxiety in audiographic conferences: a discursive psychology approach to emotion talk (2009-01)
de los Arcos, Beatriz; Coleman, James A. and Hampel, Regine
ReCALL, 21(1) (pp. 3-17)
Designing online tutor training for language courses: a case study (2007-02)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
Open Learning, 22(1) (pp. 75-85)
Computer-mediated language learning: Making meaning in multimodal virtual learning spaces (2006-08)
Hampel, Regine and Hauck, Mirjam
JALT CALL Journal, 2(2) (pp. 3-18)
Rethinking task design for the digital age: A framework for language teaching and learning in a synchronous online environment (2006-05)
Hampel, Regine
ReCALL, 18(1) (pp. 105-121)
New skills for new classrooms: training tutors to teach languages online (2005-10)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(4) (pp. 311-326)
Complexities of learning and teaching languages in a real-time audiographic environment (2005)
Hampel, Regine; Felix, Uschi; Hauck, Mirjam and Coleman, James A.
German as a foreign language(3) (pp. 1-30)
Towards an effective use of audio conferencing in distance language courses (2004)
Hampel, Regine and Hauck, Mirjam
Language Learning & Technology, 8(1) (pp. 66-82)
Theoretical perspectives and new practices in audio-graphic conferencing for language learning (2003-05)
Hampel, Regine
ReCall, 15(1) (pp. 21-36)
Self-reflecting mirrors: Genre and narrative subversion in John Banville’s Trilogy (2002)
Hampel, Regine
New Comparison(33-44)
Online communication for language learning and teaching (2007-12)
Lamy, Marie-Noëlle and Hampel, Regine
ISBN : 9780230001275 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
'I write therefore I am?' Fictional autobiography and the idea of selfhood in the postmodern age (2001)
Hampel, Regine
ISBN : 3906767426 | Publisher : Peter Lang Publishing | Published : Bern
Theoretical approaches and research-based pedagogies for online teaching (2015-03-25)
Hampel, Regine
In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. Developing Online Language Teaching Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices. New Language Learning and Teaching Environments (pp. 134-149)
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Transforming teaching: new skills for online language learning spaces (2015-03)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices. New Language Learning and Teaching Environments (pp. 63-77)
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Introduction: From teacher training to self-reflective practice (2015)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices. New Language Learning and Teaching Environments (pp. 1-11)
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Teaching and learning online – Developing your skills to develop others. (2015)
Stickler, Ursula; Emke, Martina; MoreDOTS Project, Team ; Hampel, Regine and Beaven, Tita
In: Krings, Hans P. and Kühn , Bärbel eds. Fremdsprachliche Lernprozesse. Erträge des 4. Bremer Symposions zum Fremdsprachenlehren und -lernen an Hochschulen.. Fremdsprachen in Lehre und Forschung (FLF) (pp. 199-209)
ISBN : 978-3-925453-62-5 | Publisher : Arbeitskreis der Sprachenzentren e.V.
Making meaning online: computer-mediated communication for language learning (2014)
Hampel, Regine
In: Peti-Stantić, Anita and Stanojević, Mateusz-Milan eds. Language as Information. Proceedings from the CALS Conference 2012 (pp. 89-106)
ISBN : 978-3-631-64758-5 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Frankfurt am Main
What are multimodal data and transcription? (2014)
Flewitt, Rosie; Hampel, Regine; Hauck, Mirjam and Lancaster, Lesley
In: Jewitt, Carey ed. The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (2nd edition) (pp. 44-59)
ISBN : 978-0-415-51974-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Multimodal computer-mediated communication and distance language learning (2012-11)
Hampel, Regine
In: Chapelle, Carol A. ed. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
ISBN : 978-1-4051-9473-0 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
Collaboration and interaction: the keys to distance and computer-supported language learning (2012)
Coleman, James A.; Hampel, Regine; Hauck, Mirjam and Stickler, Ursula
In: Levine, Glenn.S.; Phipps , Alison and Blythe, Carl eds. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy (pp. 161-180)
ISBN : 9780495800071 | Publisher : Cengage Learning | Published : Florence, KY, USA
Task design for a virtual learning environment in a distant language course (2010-09-02)
Hampel, Regine
In: Thomas, Michael and Reinders, Hayo eds. Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching with Technology (pp. 131-153)
ISBN : 9781441101532 | Publisher : Continuum Publishing | Published : London
What are multimodal data and transcription? (2009-07-30)
Flewitt, R. S.; Hampel, R.; Hauck, M. and Lancaster, L.
In: Jewitt, Carey ed. The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (pp. 40-53)
ISBN : 978-0-415-43437-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Towards an effective use of audioconferencing in distance learning courses (2009-05-18)
Hampel, Regine and Hauck, Mirjam
In: Hubbard, Philip ed. Computer Assisted Language Learning. Critical Concepts in Linguistics (pp. 74-96)
ISBN : 978-0-415-46539-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Strategies for online environments (2008-10)
Hauck, Mirjam and Hampel, Regine
In: Hurd, Stella and Lewis, Timothy eds. Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings (pp. 283-302)
ISBN : 9781847690982 | Publisher : Multilingual Matters | Published : Clevedon, UK
New literacies and the affordances of the new media: Using audiographic computer conferencing for language learning (2007)
Hampel, Regine
In: Schneider, S. and Würffel, N. eds. Kooperation & Steuerung: Fremdsprachenlernen und Lehrerbildung mit digitalen Medien. Gießener Beiträge zur Fremdsprachendidaktik (pp. 33-53)
ISBN : 978-3-8233-6300-2 | Publisher : Gunter Narr Verlag | Published : Tübingen
Medien - von der Zeitung zum Internet (2006-05-25)
Baumann, Uwe and Hampel, Regine
In: Baumann, Uwe and Duensing, Annette eds. Developing writing skills in German (pp. 60-84)
ISBN : 9780415397469 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
The challenges of implementing online tuition in distance language courses: Task design and tutor role (2005-02)
Hampel, R and Hauck, M
In: Holmberg, B.; Shelley, M. and White, C. eds. Distance Education and Languages, Evolution and Change
ISBN : 1 8535 9776 7 | Publisher : Multilingual Matters
Using Synchronous Conferencing to Support Distance Language Learning: a case study (2004)
Hampel, Regine; Hauck, Mirjam and Shield, Lesley
In: Salmon, Gilly ed. E-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online
ISBN : 415335442 | Publisher : Routledge Falmer
Using internet-based audio-graphic and video conferencing for language teaching and learning (2003-01-01)
Hampel, Regine and Baber, E
In: Felix, U ed. Language Learning Online (Language Learning and Language Technology, 3) (pp. 38-41)
ISBN : 90-265-1948-6 | Publisher : Swets & Zeitlinger | Published : Lisse, Nertherlands
Using Lyceum, an audio-graphic conferencing system, to talk at a distance (2003)
Hauck, Mirjam and Hampel, Regine
In: Goodfellow, D; Fenner, A; Garrido, C and Tella, S eds. The educational use of ICT in teacher education and distance language learning
Publisher : European Centre for Modern Language of the Council for Europe
Variationen: Kontexte (2002)
Hampel, Regine
In: ?
Publisher : Open University
Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices (2015-03)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds.
New Language Learning and Teaching Environments
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Modelling typical online language learning activity (2014-12-14)
Montoro, Carlos; Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
In : 2014 EUROCALL Conference (20-23 August 2014, Groningen, The Netherlands ) (pp. 237-240)
"What I think works well...." Learners' evaluation and actual usage of online tools (2007-09)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
In : Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL) International Conference (26-28 September 2007, Villach, Austria)
Instant messaging in distributed and distance language learning (2005)
Rossade, K. D.; Heins, B. and Hampel, R.
In : World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2005 (2005, Chesapeake, VA)
From the editors: stepping stones to teaching lnguages with technology (2010)
Stickler, Ursula; Beaven, Tita; Emke, Martina; Ernest, Pauline; Germain-Rutherford, Aline; Hampel, Regine; Hopkins, Joseph and Stanojevic, Mateusz Milan
Journal of Teaching English with Technology (10) 2

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